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Wild Montana Skies Lyrics

Artist: John Denver
Album: Best Of John Denver Live

This song appears on nine albums, and was first released on the Its About Time Album, and has also been released on the Greatest Hits Vol 3, Changes, The Very Best of John Denver (Double CD), Country Classics, The Country Roads Collection and The Rocky Mountain Collection Albums. A live version also appears on The Wildlife Concert and The Best of John Denver Live Albums.

He was born in the Bitterroot Valley in the early morning rain
Wild geese over the water headin north and home again
Bringin a warm wind from the south
Bringin the first taste of the spring
His mother took him to her breast and softly she did sing

Oh Montana, give this child a home
Give him the love of a good family and a woman of his own
Give him a fire in his heart, give him a light in his eyes
Give him the wild wind for a brother and the wild Montana skies

His mother died that summer and he never learned to cry
He never knew his father and he never did ask why
He never knew the answers that would make an easy way
But he learned to know the wilderness and to be a man that way

His mothers brother took him in to family and his home
Gave him a hand that he could lean on and a strength to call his own
And he learned to be a farmer and he learned to love the land
And he learned to read the seasons and he learned to make a stand

Oh Montana, give this child a home
Give him the love of a good family and a woman of his own
Give him a fire in his heart, give him a light in his eyes
Give him the wild wind for a brother and the wild Montana skies

On the eve of his 21st birthday he set out on his own
He was 30 years and runnin when he found his way back home
Ridin a storm across the mountains and an aching in his heart
Said he came to turn the pages and to make a brand new start

Now he never told a story of the time that he was gone
Some say he was a lawyer, some say he was a John
There was somethin in the city that he said he couldnt breathe
And there was somethin in the country that he said he couldnt leave

Oh Montana, give this child a home
Give him the love of a good family and a woman of his own
Give him a fire in his heart, give him a light in his eyes
Give him the wild wind for a brother and the wild Montana skies

Now some say he was crazy and theyre glad that he is gone
But some of us miss him and well try to carry on
Giving a voice to the forest, giving a voice to the dawn
Giving a voice to the wilderness and the land that he lived on

Oh Montana, give this child a home
Give him the love of a good family and a woman of his own
Give him a fire in his heart, give him a light in his eyes
Give him the wild wind for a brother and the wild Montana skies

Oh Montana, give this child a home
Give him the love of a good family and a woman of his own
Give him a fire in his heart, give him a light in his eyes
Give him the wild wind for a brother and the wild Montana skies

Words and music by John Denver
Comments/Interpretations
by A fan named Scott on 7/23/2008 3:27pm
Wish John had
had the 30 yr. just
to 'run' and enjoy life.
He had a great sense of
'coming home' anyway!
A fan named Scott.
by Ash on 10/8/2008 11:39am
Great web site!!
by JD Fans From NYC on 12/25/2008 8:29pm
Just enjoying a little Christmas cheer, which isn't complete without a little JD.

Merry Christmas little Zachary and the entire Denver family. We all miss him but have his treasure trove of music for the world to learn from. Thank you!!!

Just had the whole family singing Wild Montana skies after the "12 days of X-Mas". It's our Xmas tradition.

Sean Crowley
Forest Hills, NY

by Sunny on 1/3/2009 6:08pm
I'm far from my home in Montana these days but this song never fails to comfort me and remind me I can go home. He captures the feeling many of us have as natives of Montana. I wish he had a thirty year run too!
by Lainey on 7/1/2009 12:10pm
i heard this song and what i can say i love it never had a song that got to me like this..........who is the girl who sings it with him would anyone know john? this is your best xx
by Anon on 8/31/2009 11:49am
The "girl" is Emmylou Harris.
by Sherry Perrie on 10/2/2009 3:30pm
Who is the person in "Wild Montana Skies."
I was raised in that great state, and I love the lyrics to this song. But every great Song is inspired by someone or something.
by Linda Sue on 2/12/2011 11:42pm
JD wrote a lot of biographical lyrics. Does anyone know who "Wild Montana Skies" is about? His father maybe....
by Andrew Palms on 12/25/2011 2:38pm
Dont you know that the person in "Wild Montana Skies" maybe everyone, even you by yourself.


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